MANDALUYONG CITY – Our Lady of Fatima University extended the woes of De Ocampo Memorial College by handing the their third straight loss, 100-82, at the resumption of the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament at the Rizal Technological University Gym Wednesday morning (September 14). It was total domination for the Phoenix as they continued their slow rise in the standings.
Asserting their size advantage to the hilt, starters Erwin Bargola and Joseph Marquez allowed the Cobras to take a 1-0 lead and it was all Fatima from thereon. Christophe Essomba and Jessierey Pedrosa came off the bench and continued to dominate the DOMC frontline for a 50-38 lead at halftime.
The Phoenix defense also did a good job on the usually prolific Dahrell Caranguian, who could only come up with three points in the first half. Late scoring runs anchored on Jerome Juanico and Emil Japzon sealed the deal for Fatima which snapped their two-game losing skid and improved to 5-3.
Juanico had 14 of his 18 points in the fourth period to go with four assists and five blocks. Marquez submitted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
As Caranguian struggled, Jhonard Clarito tried to fill the slack with 19 points and nine rebounds. Nino Macasling supported him with 11 points.
The Cobras lost their debut game and then registered an amazing six-game winning streak to reach as high as Second Place in the 14-team field. Their current tailspin has now sent them to Sixth Place.
How They Scored:
OUR LADY OF FATIMA (100)– Juanico 18, Marquez 14, Bargola 13, Pedrosa 12, Essomba 12, Japzon 11, Datu 9, Perea 6, Cabrera 5, Albano 0, Jimenez 0, Penafiel 0.
DE OCAMPO MEMORIAL (82) – Clarito 19, Macasling 11, Caranguian 10, Sabasaje 9, Fabro 9, Wenceslao 5, Canelas 4, Montojo 4, Manalang 3, Simon 3, de la Cruz 3, Pascual 2, Gallardo 0, Ramos 0.
Period Scores: 28-20, 50-38, 67-57, 100-82.